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|Abstract:||Nonhuman animals are typically excluded from the scope of social psychology. This article presents animals as social objects - targets of human social responses - overviewing the similarities and differences with human targets. The focus here is on perceiving animal species as social groups. Reflecting the two fundamental dimensions of humans' social cognition - perceived warmth (benign or ill intent) and competence (high or low ability), proposed within the Stereotype Content Model (Fiske, Cuddy, Glick, & Xu, 2002) - animal stereotypes are identified, together with associated prejudices and behavioral tendencies. In line with human intergroup threats, both realistic and symbolic threats associated with animals are reviewed. As a whole, animals appear to be social perception targets within the human sphere of influence and a valid topic for research.|
|Electronic Publication Date:||Jul-2016|
|Citation:||Sevillano, V, Fiske, ST. (2016). Animals as social objects: Groups, stereotypes, and intergroup threats. European Psychologist, 21 (3), 206 - 217. doi:10.1027/1016-9040/a000268|
|Pages:||206 - 217|
|Type of Material:||Journal Article|
|Journal/Proceeding Title:||European Psychologist|
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